Botanical medicine – also known as herbal medicine or phytotherapy - is the use of botanical flowers, berries, roots, leaves, bark, extracts or oils for their medicinal properties. Currently, Naturopathic Doctors are the only health care providers licensed to practice Botanical Medicine. Plants have been used throughout history for thousands of years as medicine to heal ailments, fight disease, and improve quality of life.
Botanical substances have powerful therapeutic value when used appropriately and at the correct dosage, but it is also important to mention that there is the potential for harm. If taken at the wrong dose, with other medications or therapies, or in the absence of medical supervision, herbs can cause drug-herb interactions, be toxic in high doses, or have adverse side effects when used incorrectly. Naturopathic doctors receive extensive training in the practice of botanical medicine to treat a wide variety of conditions to determine what herbs are safe and suitable for your needs.
Botanical Medicine has several forms including:
- Teas and decoctions
- Capsules and tablets
- Ointments and salves
- Poultices oils
- Essential oils